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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Keith the Critic Movie Reviews - DVD/Blu Ray Releases


Unfortunately, there are times we miss a movie at the theater.  As a movie critic, I try to get to as many as I can each week.  However, I only have so much time to catch them all.  So, here is our first DVD/Blu Ray review of some films I missed!


Black Panther

In this latest Marvel film, Chadwick Boseman plays T'Challa who has been raised his whole life in preparation of becoming king of the African nation of Wakanda. To the world, Wakanda is a poor country but in reality, the five tribes that make up the country are very rich and advanced in the world of technology. Wakanda possesses vibranium, which is a powerful metal that when ingested can give a warrior superhuman powers.
The country has spies all across the world. One such spy is T'Challa's uncle N'Jobu. When T'Challa's father goes to visit, he discovers that his brother has plans that will reveal the country's secrets and has him killed. However, few people know this story.

Years later, T'Challa's father is killed and now he will become king. First he must fight any challengers from the other tribes. M'Baku from the Jabari tribe challenges but is soon defeated. T'Challa allows him to surrender rather than meet his death. This, however, is only the first challenge that he will face to defend his country's secrets, especially since his Uncle N'Jobu had a son that knows the truth of how N'Jobu died.

I saw this movie in 3D and it's probably one of the best 3D films I've seen. It was spectacular. The special effects were so tremendous. The acting was top-notch, especially the action scenes. Ryan Coogler was the director and directed a fantastic film. The scenes, the script, the acting, photography, sound, and everything else was just amazing. I highly recommend this for anyone 10 and older.

I give it a perfect 4 out of 4 stars. I can't wait for the next installment. Stay until the end of the credits as usual in a Marvel film.


Molly's Game

Molly Bloom, who is played by Jessica Chastain, is a fantastic skier participating in the Olympics. Her father, played by Kevin Costner, is always pushing for more from her. After a horrific accident on the slopes, she plans to attend law school. First she decides to live a little and moves to Los Angeles. She takes a job working as an assistant for a real estate developer who enlists her to assist him in running an underground poker game that caters to the rich for high stakes. Soon Molly has learned enough to head out on her own. When she is talked into collecting a portion of the winnings for herself, she is indicted.

Molly, who is now broke, begs the assistance of lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who is played by Idris Elba, to defend her. Soon she realizes what they are really after is the names of those who played at her table. But Molly feels that giving up those names will ruin her reputation and her integrity.

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba were terrific and had good chemistry together. Director Aaron Sorkin also brilliantly wrote the screenplay and did an excellent job of pulling out the emotions of Molly. I love how Jessica Chastain continues to play the role of a strong female character and nails the part. Idris Elba who is great at everything he does didn't disappoint nor did Kevin Costner.

It's a 2 1/2 hour movie but the time flew by. I can't believe it didn't receive more Oscar nominations.

I gave it 4 out of 4 stars.


12 Strong

This movie is based on the true story of the horse soldiers who went to Afghanistan to take back a Taliban stronghold. In the film adaptation, Chris Hemsworth plays Captain Mitch Nelson who had plans of taking a desk job and spending more time with his family. But after 9/11 he changed his mind. He returns to lead his squad of 12 in an operation to remove the Taliban from the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The team includes soldiers who, like Mitch, want to avenge the losses of 9/11 with Michael Pena and Michael Shannon playing the roles of two of these brave men.

Upon arrival, Mitch is informed by the Commanders, one being played by Rob Riggle, that they must go in on horseback due to the rugged landscape and they must work with warlord General Dostum, played by Navid Negahban. This is not what these men had expected, but they are all up for the task.

This movie was a good portrayal of this mission. The director, Nicolai Fuglsig, did a great job as did producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Christ Hemsworth proved that he can act and did a fantastic job as did Michael Pena ad Michael Shannon. Much of this was filmed in New Mexico and you could really believe that it was Afghanistan. The photography was excellent.

I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars.


Winchester

Winchester is about the house owned by Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun manufacturer William Winchester in San Jose, California. After William's death, Sarah, who is played by Helen Mirren, begins to build a mansion. But feeling haunted by those who have been killed by one of her company's guns, she keeps shutting off rooms and building more onto the house. Due to this, she is said to be mentally unstable. The Winchester Company's leaders hire Dr. Eric Price, who is played by Jason Clarke, to assess her competency.

Sarah lives in the house with a relative named Marian, played by Sarah Snook, and her son Henry, who is played by Finn Scicluna-O'Prey. Jason is recovering from his own wife's suicide and has become addicted to drugs. When he first begins to see ghosts, he believes it to be a result of the drugs. But when Henry seemingly becomes possessed, Jason must help Sarah stop these haunted souls.

The real Winchester house is a conglomeration of added wings of the house. But other than this, most of the story is made up according to articles I have read about the house. The filmmakers tip the scales on what is true and what is fiction.

Helen Mirren is a great actress and performed fabulously, but other than a few gotchas, it's really not a scary movie. I can only give this movie 1 out of 4 stars and that's totally due to Helen Mirren. This is not a good horror film.

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